Friday, September 17, 2010




Posted: 17 Sep 2010 04:08 PM PDT

Who would forget the "shit, shit, shit" Al-Jazeera interview? In full view of international audience, Perkasa's real ugly, uncouth, unrefined and even uncivilised nature reveal itself. It is comical. And it is tragic. It is tragic because the international community may think – and I am sure they do think – that Malaysians in general are as uncouth as these Perkasa creatures. And that my friends, is a insult to Malaysia and to all Malaysians.

By Art Harun

I refer to a post at Rocky's Bru titled "The irrational fear of Perkasa".


What does that name evoke? Fear? Unlikely.

To me and many others, that name is almost comical and tragic at the same time, quite in the same mould as Roberto Benigni's "Life is beautiful," only that the later was poignant and sorrowful, rather than tragic.

Perkasa is comical in the way it – through its leader, Dato' Ibrahim Ali and its various extras whose names I do not even care to remember – went around calling people who do not agree with its views names. YB Khairy Jamaludin knows about this well. Minister Nazri also knows about this very well.

Whenever Perkasa's views are opposed or critisised, Perkasa has been unable to counter such oppositions or critics. When Perkasa cannot rebut another's opinion, what would it do? Yes. It will attack the person who expresses the opinion rather than the opinion itself.

And so, Khairy Jamaludin was a "stupid", "crazy", "feeble-minded" and a "confused child". according to Dato' Ibrahim Ali. And not to mention, also "mentally ill."

Just look at one full sentence by Dato' Ibrahim Ali about YB Khairy:-

"This is the talk of a stupid, brainless person. He is talking like a crazy person." (source is here.)

Then, who would forget the "shit, shit, shit" Al-Jazeera interview? In full view of international audience, Perkasa's real ugly, uncouth, unrefined and even uncivilised nature reveal itself. It is comical.

And it is tragic. It is tragic because the international community may think – and I am sure they do think – that Malaysians in general are as uncouth as these Perkasa creatures. And that my friends, is a insult to Malaysia and to all Malaysians.

It is also an insult to the Prime Minister, because as I am told, the Prime Minister has a voracious appetite for knowledge and is an avid reader. And what an insult would be to the Prime Minister if the international community thinks that Malaysians are generally uncouth because of that Al-Jazeera interview with Dato' Ibrahim Ali.

Ah, let's not forget about all the police report.

That Perkasa is only able to shout and scream slogans and misleading statements about rights which do not exist is exemplified by its inability to accept YB Nurul Izaah's polite, but firm, invitation to debate on the purview of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution.

Perkasa's response – and no less than Minister Sharizat's response (I am addressing her as a Minister in a loose sense) – to YB Nurul Izzah's clear articulation on the subject matter was taken right from the 1st line of the 1st Chapter of Dr Mahathir's guidelines to a discourse, namely, twist and hijack the issue.

This they did by saying YB Nurul Izzah had "challenged" article 153. When in fact she did nothing of that sorts.

By twisting – and thereby, hijacking – the real issue, they hoped to make YB Nurul looked bad. To challenge article 153 would make YB Nurul anti-Malay "rights" and therefore anti-Malay. How convenient.

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The politicians of the day are still busily ferreting gold for themselves – possibly as much as they can before they get thrown out either in 2011 or 2012.

Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

The much longed-for recognition for Malaysia Day finally came in the form of a public holiday for the entire nation, but it failed to do anything to shore up the political position or the popularity of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his BN coalition.

And for this Najib has to take the blame. Not only has he been hiding behind glitzy public relations that do nothing but burn a hole in taxpayers' pockets, even his Malaysia Day message was laughed at by the people for perceived cowardice. For while the 57-year old Najib disavowed 'extremism' in his speech, he took great care to do it as vaguely as possible so that no one knew what he was talking about or was referring to. Intentional or not, the end result was that no one took him seriously. And that is serious.

Because September 16 could have delivered so much for him and the BN. It could have been their knockout punch to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

In 2008, Anwar had promised Malaysians to topple the BN federal government but his complex plan went awry. Unsurprisingly, for months after that, Anwar was mercilessly attacked for being a Mr Talk-A-Lot.

When Najib came to power months later in April 2009, he grandly proclaimed a holiday for Malaysia Day. If he had worked hard, done his job, delivered the reforms he promised, then on September 16, 2010, he could have proudly and justifiably showed the country the difference between him and Anwar.

But sad to say, all that Malaysians saw on Thursday was another public relations show from Najib.

Making use of racial and religious-bigotry

More than a year has passed, but Najib leader has little or even zero to show for it. In Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was voted into the world's top 10 most respected leaders by Newsweek last month alongside Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah who had urged Muslims "to embrace the spirit of tolerance, moderation and balance."

By contrast, no mention was made of Najib at all and unsurprisingly the Umno-aligned newspapers and online portals went on a desperate binge to avoid comparison with the Singapore leader. But that doesn't mean Najib hasn't hit the international headlines at all. He has – but for the wrong issues and reasons.

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Najib: However, it is clear that our approaches are by far very different from those of certain individuals and groups.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak appeared to falter today on Umno's decision to distance itself from Perkasa, declaring instead that the ruling party did not want to be in conflict with any non-governmental organisation.

Najib said this in a press conference at the Securities Commission this evening after he was asked to explain his silence in the recent move by Umno leaders to snub the Malay rights group.

"No, we do not want to be in conflict with any NGO," he firmly said.

Najib went further to play down Perkasa's significance as a pressure group, pointing out that as far as Umno was concerned, Perkasa was just like any other NGO.

"It is just like any other NGO. We have so many NGOs. There are times we can agree, and there are times we cannot agree," he said.

However, the Prime Minister took pains to stress that at the end of the day, it was Umno that was a part of the government.

"And what Umno says matters," he said.

He declined to commen on his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's note of caution to Umno that the party could not afford to snub Perkasa as it would likely face further electoral losses.

"No, I do not want to refer specifically to anyone," he said, and ended the press conference.

In his speech however, Najib repeatedly stressed on the need to remain a moderate society and appeared to take a dig at Perkasa when he defended the government's intention in redefining affirmative action.

"Since we achieved independence, our leaders and our people, have acted according to principles that are very important — the principles of moderation and balance or equilibrium — in administrating and managing the nation.

"These policies are what brings us to the middle path, and what ensures that the rights and privileges of all races are taken into consideration," he said.

Najib noted that while the Federal Constitution protected the special position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras, it also protected the rights of other communities.

"However, it is clear that our approaches are by far very different from those of certain individuals and groups.

"For example, if we want to carry out affirmative action. We accept the objectives of it but what is wrong is we redefine affirmative action in the context of society today, in the landscape today, so that we be seen as fairer, more transparent and market-friendly.

"We accept the objective but we are looking at how to achieve that objective in a new and strategic environment," he said.

"Some people have decided to take narrow-minded views and to be selfish in order to defend their rights.

"When someone is not sensitive to the needs and aspirations of others, the gap of differences that divide the communities would eventually become wider," he said.

When questioned during the press conference later if he was referring to Perkasa however, Najib was quick to deny this.

"No, no, I am not talking about anyone, Why do you mention Perkasa? I am just talking about times have changed… we have not forgotten the objectives of affirmative action because we want a fair society, a balanced society but we have redefined the mechanics of getting there.

"We should be attuned to the changing times," he said.

The Najib administration has been struggling in its bid to sell its economic reforms to a sceptical public, and this process continues to be made complicated by political curve balls thrown by Perkasa and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Recently however, leaders aligned to Najib had begun the process of distancing the party from Perkasa because of the group's controversial and strident views on economic reforms.

Using the Malay rights platform, Perkasa has been a major obstacle in the way of Najib's economic reforms which he has assured would not be at the expense of Bumiputeras.

But Perkasa, backed by Dr Mahathir, is against any attempt to roll back the quotas associated with Malaysia's affirmative action policies

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that low foreign direct investment is a global problem and should not be linked to Malay rights group Perkasa.

"It's not because of Perkasa. It's simply because there is not enough FDI," Dr Mahathir, Perkasa's patron, told reporters here.

The group led by Pasir Mas MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali has been critical of the government's economic liberalisation plans.

Perkasa's controversial stand on what it called the constitutional position of the Malays have resulted in some Umno leaders distancing themselves from the group.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a report that Vision 2020 would not be achieved as political indecision and global economic uncertainty looked set to hamper economic growth over the next five years.

Unveiled in 1991 by Dr Mahathir, Vision 2020 laid out the government's 30-year ambitious plan to make Malaysia a fully developed nation by the year 2020 by boosting GDP and per capita income.

"The investors today don't have much money," said Dr Mahathir.

With average GDP growth in the next five years projected to be just shy of the 6 per cent target set by the prime minister, the Najib Administration's 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) looks set to go the way of the last two Malaysia Plans, which also failed to achieve their GDP targets.

Under the 7th and 8th Malaysia Plans, the economy expanded by 5 per cent and 4.7 per cent respectively, well below the 8.6 per cent and 6 per cent targets set.

Similarly, under the current 9th Malaysia Plan, it is projected to grow by just 4.2 per cent annually, meaning Malaysia will once again fail to achieve its target.

This will put paid to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's dreams of making Malaysia a high-income nation in 10 years' time and, by extension, Vision 2020 as well.

According to a report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the FDI inflow to Malaysia had dropped 81 per cent from RM23.47 billion in 2008, to RM4.43 billion last year, trailing behind countries like the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. — Reuters

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak defended his 1 Malaysia concept today, claiming it had not failed but was merely a "work in progress".

He admitted that the concept could not become a "full realisation" today but would do so eventually, with the help of all segments of society.

Najib (picture) also expressed his dissatisfaction that some members of society had so quickly categorised his brainchild as a failed concept just because they felt like they were being unfairly treated.

"I want to say that what we have done so far is just the beginning, it's a journey. Even this concept of 1Malaysia… it cannot be a full realisation today.

"And I do not think it is fair to say – oh, I am not getting fair treatment, therefore 1 Malaysia did not work. That is not the way.

"1 Malaysia is a work in progress," he said in his keynote address during the "Living in a Multi-Ethnic Society" seminar organised by the 1 Malaysian Foundation here today.

He pledged that the government would do its level best to "put right" what it could, but insisted that the goals would not be achieved overnight.

"I would like to stress here that the government does not have a magic wand to perform miracles to fully realise 1 Malaysia.

"But we need the people's support, all segments of society must be involved in our noble cause to achieve national unity. The people must consider 1 Malaysia as their own vision and platform," he said.

Najib also sought the help of politicians to promote 1 Malaysia to the people, pointing out that their roles were critical in ensuring the success of his concept.

"Politicians should play important roles in promoting 1 Malaysia. Speaking as a politician myself, I would like to inform my fellow comrades that regardless of the differences in our backgrounds, let us fight for this noble objective of attaining racial unity.

"Do not speak or act in a manner that could destroy these feelings of togetherness and understanding in society. There is no need to take extremist stands," he said.

He advised politicians against harping on issues that were racially sensitive and in questioning the rights of the various ethnic communities.

As an example, the premier cited the constant use of Article 153 in the Federal Constitution by politicians to articulate their stand on race relations.

"Certain phrases and words, if misused, coud become sensitive issues. This includes Article 153 of the Constitution and phrases like 'second-class citizens'. These things could hurt the races," he said.

The Constitution, he stressed, must be adhered to and respected.

Najib also called on the media to help him in his bid to make 1 Malaysia a success.

The media, whether the mainstream or the alternative media, should understand and respect journalistic ethics and understand how delicate racial issues were in a multi-racial society like Malaysia.

"Writers should be more careful not to fan the fires of racism with unfair reporting or one-sided analyses. Try to understand the feelings and emotions of the races before making a resolution.

"Try to be rational, balanced and fair in your writings," he said.

He urged the media to use their powers to improve race relations in the country.

"There is nothing more despised in a multi-racial society than sentiments that promote hatred," he said.

Najib also introduced a "1 Malaysia test", which he urged all individuals and institutions in the country to conduct on themselves.

"Try to test yourselves first with the 1 Malaysia test if you were to ever be faced with any racial issues wherever you are," he said.

The test, explained Najib, meant the individual needed to ask himself, "How does my stand on ethnic-based issues impact each community? Will it improve harmony or cause hatred towards my own race? Can it lead to an improved relationship between the races and improve national unity on a whole, or will it do otherwise?"

"If we are all aware that our statements can influence others, and if we want to run the 1 Malaysia test on ourselves first before we make any rash move, there is a large possibility that we could create a society that is more conducive for unity," Najib said.

The country was recently hit by an onslaught of racially-charged issues, forcing Najib's 1 Malaysia ideals to momentarily take a backseat.

The prime minister has also been under intense pressure from groups like Perkasa, which has openly shown its disregard for his attempts to sell his brand of more inclusive, economic reforms to an already sceptical public.

Using the Malay rights platform, Perkasa has even succeeded in pitching the two largest parties in the ruling Barisan Nasional government — Umno and the MCA — against each other.

Najib's elegant silence on the issues, including that of the racist school principal incidents, has earned him much flak from the public and the opposition, who have accused the prime minister of being just like his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Sabah, Sarawak losing points to KL

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 07:00 AM PDT

By K Pragalath

COMMENT Malaysia is 47 years old through the unification of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore in 1963. (Singapore was separated from Malaysia in 1965.)

The Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu-Kuching relationship must be relooked because of the imbalance between the centre and the periphery.

Most importantly, the 20-Point Agreement has been largely ignored in making the Malaysia that we have today.

Initial attempts by Sabah first chief minister Fuad Stephens to do so resulted in him being made Australian High Commissioner.

As a result, there were regressions from Sabah's 20-Point Agreement and Sarawak's 18-Point Agreement as seen in the "Allah" controversy and the ban on the Malay language Bible.

Both agreements on religion state that there should be no state religion for Sabah and Sarawak.

The "Borneonisation" of the public service as agreed to in the deal has also been violated. Over the years, more public servants from the peninsula were transferred to Sabah to fill in the void.

What development?

Unfortunately, an ignorant Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri recently stated that Sabahans in the interiors should be grateful as Sabah's inclusion in Malaysia had ensured development in the state.

Using development as a bait is wrong because "development is the one term most used by politicians to cheat the people" (quoted from a Malayalam movie).

If development had indeed been provided, why is the road network in both states still bad? My brethren from both Sabah and Sarawak can attest to the fact that Sabah and Sarawak are two decades backwards compared to Peninsular Malaysia.

What development is Rahim speaking about when my brethren over there are still having difficulties to complete 11 years of education?

Contrary to Rahim's statement, Kuala Lumpur has gained more than Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in the 47-year-old relationship.

The most recent evidence was Barisan Nasional's slim majority in the 2008 general election, which was only made possible because of the safe deposit votes from Sabah and Sarawak.

In addition, the Mahathir administration should be "thanked" for initiating the IC project that created BN voters out of illegal immigrants from Indonesia and the Philippines

To address the imbalance, more autonomy should be accorded to Sabah and Sarawak. It can be initiated by increasing the petroleum royalty from the current 5% to 20%.

Secession by both Sabah and Sarawak is out of the question as it violates the agreement

K Pragalath is a former journalist.

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Ex-Sabah minister: Review 20-point agreement

Zahrain vs Jahabar or Malaysian Insider?

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:31 PM PDT

It's far from over. The war between Zahrain Hashim and the Malaysian Insider CEO Jahabar Sadiq rages on. Rather than solving it in a gentlemen manner, both chose going for the arbitrator. While Jahabar lodged a police report to deny the YB accusation, Zahrain went a step ahead by demanding the government to close the news portal.

Wow! Was Zahrain against Jahabar or the Malaysian Insider. After all, he only accused Jahabar of associating himself with Indon's Bendera, an opposition-cum-opportunist group that staged anti-Malaysia demonstrations at our embassy in Jakarta recently.

Just a question to Zahrain (whom I knew when I was a bureau chief in Penang during the early 90s) - Jahabar of Malaysian Insider?

If there is a case against Jahabar, then take on Jahabar alone. There is no need asking the government to close down the news portal. I have not read anything Bendera-linked article in the Insider ever since the Malaysia-Indonesia friction erupted.

I am not taking side here but for Zahrain to make such a serious allegation, he must have tangible evidence of support.

Another thing, Zahrain can make a better Home Minister than Hisham. I believe a lot of blogs, news portals and a few newspapers would be closed down...

Malaysia Day celebration at Bangkung Row - Part 1

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 06:00 AM PDT

September 16 , 1963 Malaya became Malaysia and 46 years later, Prime Minister Najib Razak, last year declared that this date will be a public holiday. September 16 this year, Malaysia is 47 years old and the inaugural public holiday. While the government's response to the inaugural Malaysia Day seems to have been somewhat subdued, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and private individuals have taken it upon themselves to create a festive atmosphere for a historically important event. One such event was a street carnival at swank Jalan Bangkung in Bangsar turning the quiet neighbourhood into a hive of cultural and intellectual activity. There were performances by artistes and school children, while a bazaar featured local and indigenous products and handicrafts and showcases by various NGOs. Some of the NGOs that took part included Women's Aid Organisation (WAO), the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, We R Malaysia, World Wide Fund for Nature and Malayan Nature Society. There were also talks by groups like the Bar Council and film screenings by independent filmmakers. Fund-raising dinners were also organized by the participating restaurants that line Bangkung Row. The celebrations started at 3pm and culminated at 10pm with a wayang kulit show by the Baju Merak Pak Dollah troop which came all the way from Kelantan.
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Posted: 17 Sep 2010 10:42 AM PDT

Another public holiday to mark on our calendar - 16 September, Malaysia Day. 47 years since the formation of Malaysia, and this is the first time we are celebrating it!

For me, National Day on 31 August came and went like any other day, but Malaysia Day held more significance and meaning.

I was out the whole day from 8.00am to 11pm. First was the 5th National Congress On Integrity (NCOI). The theme this year was "Truth Matters: Integration with Integrity".

In the impressive line-up of distinguished speakers that included recently retired Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and former Oxford-trained lawyer Datuk Azzat Kamaludin, the speech that resonated most with me was delivered by Senator Dato Seri Idris Jala. He spoke on "Celebrating Diversity in Malaysia". I've never heard the concept of 1Malaysia explained with such clarity and conviction. If anyone could transform Malaysia from a regional centre of mediocrity to a global model of meritocracy, it would be this man.

For the benefit of those who missed the event, here are some key slides from Dato Idris Jala's presentation. They are self-explanatory. Click on image to enlarge.

Right after NCOI, it was on to Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia's (SABM) 1st anniversary celebration, which began at 6.30pm. It was an informal gathering of mostly university students and young professionals, although I did spot some silver hair among the crowd. The entire evening's program was coordinated by young people. As I listened to them share their stories of what being a Malaysian means to them, my heart swelled with pride and renewed hope. Articulate, confident, intelligent and driven, these young men and women are in the vanguard of SABM's mission to take the message of "One People, One Nation" nationwide through their road shows, CDs and publications.

Paid in Fiction in action. They are featured on SABM's 'Bangkit' CD.

What a treat to listen to the beautiful and talented Amirah Ali singing her debut hit "Katakanlah". Click on the link to listen.

The InorOut website was launched at the SABM event to encourage Malaysians to think, speak out and vote on issues that concern them. 

Doing my bit to spread the message via SABM's T-shirt "RACISM is so yesterday", and NCOI's "WE 'R' MALAYSIA"

'Hearts with hair' at Banting

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 06:23 AM PDT

Tonight I skip politics and Harry Lee Kuan Yew and instead go over to Hairy hearts, to make a mention of the horrendous cases of cold blooded murder in Banting.

One phrase jumps at me – sim snair mor.

In Penang Hokkien it means literally 'the heart grows hair' or more appropriately 'the heart with hair', a Chinese idiom meaning the owner of the heart has no moral qualms or conscience, implying he is totally ruthless and evil, and of course 'cold bloodedly monstrous'.

In Australia, the most horrendous series of murders was known as the Backpacker murders or sometimes the Belanglo Forest murders, where the crimes were committed. But the culprit was a serial killer, a psychotic murderer targeting backpackers or hitch-hikers.

From reports thus far, mostly by the Star Online, the Banting murders seem to be about unscrupulous profiteering.

And it's not about a sole murderer but a group of murders.

It's the most horrific series of murders (yet to be proven of course) I have heard ever committed in Malaya.

That's all, because words fail me by this stage.

'My position on the party elections'

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 07:42 PM PDT

From Nurul Izzah Anwar, via e-mail

I make this statement to indicate my official position on the PKR elections. I am happy that PKR is going through direct elections, which is a true reflection of our national election process.

Our 400,000 members is a microcosm of the 11 million Malaysian registered voters whose aspirations are expressed in the mandate given to elected leaders through a fair and free election process.

The entire nation is watching on how we conduct our party's democratic process, as it would be an indicator of how we will govern the nation once given the opportunity.

Therefore, I call upon all candidates to demonstrate their leadership and responsibility in ensuring that party elections become an example for the nation.

A true democratic process welcomes divergent views and a contest of ideas between candidates.

A healthy election happens when we evaluate the ideas presented instead of focusing exclusively on a candidate's personality.

Let us hear about ideas and solutions from the candidates on how to move the nation forward.

Let us not make the mistake of looking at the messenger only without reflecting on the message.

Let it be about substance not mere form.

Once we have all passed through the rigors and excitement of campaigning, we should close ranks and stand united with our newly elected leaders to bring change and build a better Malaysia.

Let the party elections become a party-building exercise for our members and national confidence-building effort for all Malaysians.

The writer is the MP for Lembah Pantai

Penny Arcade: Grownups Server

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:18 AM PDT

Penny Arcade Grownups Server

Click the image above to view the original full size comic and setup. Why does the punchline seem so familiar…

Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet – Writing by Brian Clevinger

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:17 AM PDT

You can spot the trademark Brian Clevinger (of 8-bit Theater renown) brand humour in the dialogue immediately:

Issue #1 preview:

Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet

Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet

Issue #2 preview:

Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet

In Search of People of Colour (at: 9/12 Rally)

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 03:32 AM PDT

Lol snark!

Via Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery:

Especially in contrast with:

See also Tea Party Crasher FAILs which has more in the second part.

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Sodomy II: Anwar's bid to dismiss charge postponed

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 09:22 PM PDT

The Court of Appeal has postponed to next Monday to hear Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's appeal to strike out his sodomy charge. The decision was made after the prosecution raised a "surprise" preliminary objection that the High Court ruling which dismissed Anwar's application should be the end of the whole matter. Full story here:
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Khir Toyo: I don't want to be MB again

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 11:51 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE There will be no return to glory for former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo. Ousted in 2008 when Pakatan Rakyat wrested the state in a surprise general election coup, Khir said he is no longer interested in the post because he cannot bear the damage done to the state which he had led for eight years. Full story here:
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IGP Musa Dark Secret! by RPK

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 12:59 AM PDT

Actually, they took no action against ASP Noor Azizul Rahim Bin Taharim, the ADC of IGP Musa Hassan, because they know that the allegation is true. And if ASP Noor Azizul Rahim was arrested and charged in court then the truth would surface. So they chose to do nothing at all.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

When I signed a Statutory Declaration back in June 2008, they arrested me and charged me for Criminal Defamation. And my Statutory Declaration is just against two junior army officers plus the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The wife of the Deputy Prime Minister is not a government employee or an official position. She is just that, the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister, of no ranking in the Malaysian government structure.

When P.I. Balasubramanian signed a Statutory Declaration two weeks later, they threatened the safety of his family and made him retract what he alleged by signing a second Statutory Declaration the following day. His second Statutory Declaration 24 hours later contradicted his first one.

This means one of the two Statutory Declarations is false. They did not, however, arrest Balasubramanian and charge him for Criminal Defamation. They did not even charge him for the more serious crime of signing a false Statutory Declaration under the Statutory Declaration Act 1960. Instead, they whisked him out of the country.

A year later, on 28 August 2009, ASP Noor Azizul Rahim Bin Taharim, the ADC (aide-de-camp) of IGP Musa Hassan, signed a Statutory Declaration alleging many damaging things about his boss the IGP. (See the copy of the Statutory Declaration below).

A copy of this Statutory Declaration was given to one-time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who in turn gave it to ex-IGP Tun Haniff Omar. ASP Noor Azizul Rahim also informed many other people about this matter, as mentioned in his Statutory Declaration.

Either ASP Noor Azizul Rahim is lying or he is telling the truth. Either ASP Noor Azizul Rahim signed a false Statutory Declaration or IGP Musa Hassan is guilty as alleged in ASP Noor Azizul Rahim's Statutory Declaration.

Either way we will never know because nothing was done about the allegation. No investigation was launched to determine whether IGP Musa Hassan is really guilty as alleged or, instead, ASP Noor Azizul Rahim is guilty of the crime of signing a false Statutory Declaration.

Now IGP Musa Hassan is bellyaching, whining, grumbling and bitching like a crybaby about interference in the police force and about how 'they' directed him on how he should run the police force.

Actually IGP Musa Hassan is not totally wrong. The only thing is, according to the ten or so Statutory Declarations signed by various police officers as well as two underworld figures, it is the underworld that directed IGP Musa Hassan on how the Malaysian police force should be run.

Why were these many Statutory Declarations never investigated? If the Statutory Declarations are false then why did they not arrest and charge these police officers and underworld figures for Criminal Defamation like they did me?

More importantly, the Statutory Declaration below was signed by IGP Musa Hassan's own ADC, not by just any police officer. And many senior police officers plus the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia were given copies of this Statutory Declaration and are aware of the matter. But still nothing was done.

If the Statutory Declaration below is true then IGP Musa Hassan should by now be sitting in jail. If, however, they are implying that the Statutory Declaration below is false then why was the maker of the document not dragged into court and charged like what they did to me?

Note that my Statutory Declaration is against someone who is merely a wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and therefore someone of no official standing in the government. ASP Noor Azizul Rahim's Statutory Declaration is against the top cop in Malaysia, the IGP. This makes it more serious and is covered under both the Criminal Defamation law as well as the Statutory Declaration Act 1960.

Let me repeat that. Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the then Deputy Prime Minister, has no official standing in the government. On the other hand, IGP Musa Hassan is the top police officer in Malaysia. You can't be charged for Criminal Defamation for making an allegation against someone who is not holding a government post (although they did in my case). But you can be charged for Criminal Defamation if you make an allegation against Malaysia's number one policeman.

Actually, they took no action against ASP Noor Azizul Rahim Bin Taharim, the ADC of IGP Musa Hassan, because they know that the allegation is true. And if ASP Noor Azizul Rahim was arrested and charged in court then the truth would surface. So they chose to do nothing at all.


Musa's allegation not to be taken lightly

(Sin Chew Daily) - Outgoing Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has made an allegation before leaving the office that there is a third party interference in police work.

Why didn't he mention it during his term of office as the IGP over the past four years? In addition, Musa also admitted that there are different factions in the police force and he has actually eliminated many of them.

Since the problems have existed for a long time, and an external force has prevented him from reforming the police, causing him to implemented only 48% of his five-year restructuring plan, as the head of a professional disciplinary force, Musa should report to the higher level once he found out the problems. It is because of the lack of a channel, or poor communication?

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam have both denied Musa's claims of third party interference in the police force.

However, it is a very serious allegation. The cabinet should make a thorough investigation to see whether there are people interfering in police work in the name of the Home Ministry. The police must carry out its tasks independently and freely. Any interference might prevent the cause of justice.

The inquiry should not only investigate the police but also extends the scope of investigation to protect the independence and professionalism of all law enforcement agencies.

For example, former Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director-general Shafee Yahya claimed that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had prevented the ACA in 1998 from investigating the then director-general of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department.

In addition, former Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff, who has been acquitted of a charge of being involved in business when he was a civil servant, claimed in October 2007 that the high level officers in the ACA, the Attorney-General's Chamber and the police were unfair.

Ramli had accused the ACA of framing his subordinates while the police did not protect them. Three policemen were accused to have involved in forgery when conducting an investigation on a Chinese loan shark in Johor. Ramli claimed that the Commecial Crime Investigation Department took actions against the suspect based on the instructions given by the then deputy minister of the Internal Security Ministry (the current Home Affairs Ministry).

On the other hand, PAS has said that the police had received reports in 2002 and 2005 claiming that former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairman had involved in the RM8 billion loss. Ramli had suggested charging the person involved but the authority took no action.

The inquiry must investigate all similar allegations and incidents and develop a set of guidelines and laws to prevent third party interference in law enforcement and prosecution units.

Undeniably, the police has established a professional image, particularly in intelligence gathering, since the British colonel era. In particular cases, such as the destruction of religious places, the police have shown its capability in solving the cases and maintain social stability. In terms of wiping out violent criminals, the police have also shown a high efficiency.

The Malaysian police force is doing much better if we compare it to the error-prone approach used by the Philippine police in rescuing Hong Kong hostages on a bus hijacked in Manila.

However, the role of the police has been on dispute after the March 2008 general election. The government must uphold the images of the police force and other law enforcement units to restore public confidence.


Posted: 16 Sep 2010 07:36 PM PDT

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Posted: 16 Sep 2010 11:10 PM PDT

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Professor Dr Azmi Sharom Being Crystal Clear

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 10:54 PM PDT

BFM 89.9: Dr Azmi Sharom, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University Malaya, talks about the social contract, the concept of Ketuanan Melayu and the need for more freedom of speech in public universities. He is also the President of the UM Academic Staff Union.

Are we really practicing the 20-Point Agreement?

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:52 PM PDT

From Stewart, via e-mail

Point 1: Religion

While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no state religion in North Borneo, and the provisions relating to Islam in the present constitution of Malaya should not apply to North Borneo

Point 2: Language

a. Malay should be the national language of the federation
b. English should continue to be used for a period of 10 years after Malaysia Day
c. English should be an official language of North Borneo for all purposes, state or federal, without limitation of time.

Point 3: Constitution

Whilst accepting that the present constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the constitution of Malaysia, the constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for North Borneo (Sabah) was of course essential.

Point 4: Head of Federation

The Head of State in North Borneo should not be eligible for election as Head of the Federation

Point 5: Name of Federation

'Malaysia' but not 'Melayu Raya'

Point 6: Immigration

Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the central government but entry into North Borneo should also require the approval of the state government.

The federal government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into North Borneo for state government purposes except on strictly security grounds. North Borneo should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in federal government employ from other parts of Malaysia into North Borneo.

Point 7: Right of Secession

There should be no right to secede from the Federation

Point 8: Borneanisation

Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

Point 9: British Officers

Every effort should be made to encourage British Officers to remain in the public service until their places can be taken by suitably qualified people from North Borneo

Point 10: Citizenship

The recommendation in paragraph 148(k) of the Cobbold Commission report should govern the citizenship rights in the Federation of North Borneo subject to the following amendments:

a) sub-paragraph (i) should not contain the proviso as to five years residence

b) in order to tie up with our law, sub-paragraph (ii)(a) should read '7 out of 10 years' instead of '8 out of 10 years'.

c) sub-paragraph (iii) should not contain any restriction tied to the citizenship of parents – a person born in North Borneo after Malaysia must be a federal citizen.

Point 11: Tariffs and Finance

North Borneo should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.

Point 12: Special position of indigenous races

In principle, the indigenous races of North Borneo should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya, but the present Malays' formula in this regard is not necessarily applicable in North Borneo

Point 13: State government

a) The Prime Minister should be elected by unofficial members of Legislative Council
b) There should be a proper ministerial system in North Borneo

Point 14: Transitional period

This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the state of North Borneo by the constitution and not be merely delegated to the state government by the federal government

Point 15: Education

The existing educational system of North Borneo should be maintained and for this reason it should be under state control

Point 16: Constitutional safeguards

No amendment modification or withdrawal of any special safeguard granted to North Borneo should be made by the central government without the positive concurrence of the government of the state of North Borneo.

The power of amending the constitution of the state of North Borneo should belong exclusively to the people in the state. (Note: The United Party, The Democratic Party and the Pasok Momogun Party considered that a three-fourth majority would be required in order to effect any amendment to the Federal and State Constitutions whereas the UNKO and USNO considered a two-thirds majority would be sufficient)

Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament

This should take account not only of the population of North Borneo but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore

Point 18: Name of Head of State

Yang di-Pertua Negara

Point 19: Name of State Sabah

Point 20: Land, Forests, Local government, etc.

The provisions in the constitution of the Federation in respect of the powers of the National Land Council should not apply in North Borneo. Likewise, the National Council for Local government should not apply in North Borneo.


Time KL honoured 20-Point Agreement, says BN senator

Ged rid of Perkasa and good things will happen

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:46 PM PDT

From Tamil Vanan, via e-mail

Actually Perkasa is destroying Umno and Barisan Nasional.

They (Ibrahim Ali) have raised a lot of racial issues which had hurt a lot of Malaysians. Please shut  the door on Perkasa and tell them to go and fly a kite, You will see a lot of good things.


Najib to blame for Umno blunder with Perkasa

Talk is cheap, Chua

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:45 PM PDT

From E Wee, via e-mail

It has taken Chua Jui Meng about 35 years to speak up for Malays, Chinese and Indians and others.

Now, many things are not right with Umno, he says, but he has not mentioned anything about MCA, and his role in MCA in failing to help the poor and on how the party had failed to represent the Chinese majority who previously supported MCA.

Today, speaking is so cheap and anybody is willing to tell the world what is wrong, how and why it was wrong, but I am no part of it although I was with them all the time for 35 years.


Chua Jui Meng on Umno's hold on the Malays

Sistem dua parti kini semakin terbentuk

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:44 PM PDT

Dari Er Teck Hwa, via e-mel

Pada awal pagi 16 September 2010, kesemua pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat Muar telah berkumpul di Dataran Tanjung Emas, Muar untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia.

Para pemimpin Pakatan telah memegang bendera kesemua negeri dalam Malaysia ketika menyertai sambutan yang penuh bermakna ini. Selain itu, pemimpin Pakatan juga mengalu-alukan keputusan untuk memperingati Hari Malaysia dengan merasmikannya sebagai cuti umum negara.

Para pemimpin Pakatan telah tiba di dataran tersebut pada 11:30 malam, 15 September 2010. Sambutan untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia (16 September) ini diketuai oleh bekas calon PKR kawasan Bukit Naning Haji Kusni Simon, AJK Angkatan Muda Keadilan Bahagian Muar, Ahmad Anwar Asyraf dan says sendiri sebagai ahli Parlimen Bakri.

Walaupun langit mencemburui kita dengan hujan lengai, namum ia tidak dapat memadam semangat para pemimpin PR untuk menyambut ketibaan Hari Malaysia.

Apabila masa sudah menjelang, maka para pemimpin telah melaungkan "Selamat menyambut Hari Malaysia" dan diiringi dengan suasana saling bersalaman antara para pemimpin PR. Walaupun acara ini disambut dengan ringkas dan mudah namum maknanya adalah tidak terhingga.

Pada tahun 2008, pemimpin PR Anwar Ibrahim pernah menjanjikan bahawa apabila PR berjaya memerintah Malaysia maka Hari Malaysia akan diisytiharkan sebagai cuti umum untuk mengingatkan Rakyat Malaysia mengenai makna Hari Malaysia.

Ketika dalam sidang parlimen pada 19 Oktober 2009, idea Anwar ini telah diambil oleh perdana menteri Najib Tun Razak untuk mengisytiharkan 16 September sebagai cuti umum di Malaysia.

Pengumuman ini membuktikan semangat PR iaitu berjuang demi kepentingan rakyat.

Hal ini juga menunjukkan sistem dua parti kini semakin terbentuk di arena politik negara dimana parti pemerintah kini menjadi lebih berhati-hati ketika melaksanakan sesuatu polisi negara serta bersetuju untuk menerima cadangan daripada parti pembangkang dalam melaksanakan sesuatu polisi.

Penulis adalah ahli Parlimen Bakri dari DAP

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